Jessica Simpson is nothing if not a contradiction. Jessica, who started her foray into fame as a singer, became a household name when she was featured on reality show Newlyweds with Nick Lachey; their union famously ended in divorce. While her music career never quite found its footing again, she quietly spawned a fashion empire–despite frequent skewerings in the media for her weight and questionable fashion choices (mom jeans!).
Reality TV seems to be her niche now, having just wrapped up Jessica Simpson’s the Price of Beauty, a direct reaction to the mom jean backlash. Then she showed up as a guest judge on the season finale of Project Runway, which proved to be a harbinger of things to come–Jessica Simpson wants to be taken seriously in fashion. Does her billion dollar clothing and accessories empire give her fashion cred finally?
NBC thinks so, and hired Simpson to mentor contestants on new fashion reality show Fashion Star, featuring Elle MacPherson as host. The show will feature singing and dancing, a runway show every week, and a live audience. (No word about eligible bachelors or ice skating.) The contestants compete in challenges every week to ultimately get funding to launch their own brands; viewers will be able to purchase the winning designs online every week, which is a concept that Project Runway dabbled in last season.
Will you watch Jessica be a fashion mentor?